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Best Free Windows 64-bit Image Editor

Paint.NET

"Paint.NET makes a very good mid-level photo retouching choice.  It has a nice set of photo correction tools including curves, and levels.  It has a very nice implementation of layers complete with blending modes, and adjustable opacity/transparency levels.  It has a fairly full pallet of selection, painting, and shape drawing tools. It is completed with a selection of filters for adding special effects to your images.  All in all, it offers a lot for a free image retouching software. … In addition to the products built in features there are a huge number of user contributed plugins that add further capabilities. … Paint.NET isn't too resource intensive and during testing I didn't notice slow downs at any point." (Best Free Digital Image Editor)

GIMP

"GIMP is currently the only freeware package I am aware of that can be called an advanced image editor.  It has a steeper learning curve than the previously reviewed editors, but it is feature rich.  It's multi-windowed interface makes it a little unusual for a windows program. If you are inexperienced at using image editing programs GIMP will likely be too overwhelming to start learning on, so I would suggest beginning with one of the basic, or mid-level editors." (Best Free Digital Image Editor)

The 64-bit version I have used is labelled unstable but I have had no problems so far. There is at least one other 64-bit version which I will review at a later date. Both versions are likely to be faster than 32-bit GIMP particularly when working with large images.

Lightbox Image Editor

Lightbox Image Editor is a basic editor that "has an attractive user interface that is simple and straight forward, and offers intuitive slide-bar adjustments for your images.  It also has split screen views to help you compare your images before and after the corrections have been made.  It includes simple tools to correct red-eye, sharpen, crop, re-size, add borders, and print." (Best Free Digital Image Editor)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Image Viewer

Zoner Photo Studio

Zoner Photo Studio "appears very professional and can even seem a bit daunting with all those menus, tabs and icons, but it's very intuitive and tooltips show up for everything. Comprehensive help and links to video tutorials are provided as well. It's organized into a manager (a thumbnail view with a folder tree and general information), a fullscreen viewer and an editor, which is quite stripped down compared to the paid version but still very functional. … the editor has a variety of tools like a handy clone stamp, a funny morph mesh and great effects that can be applied on selected areas. You can also organize into albums, geotag, build calendars, stitch panoramas, make 3D pictures and a lot of other things. Moreover, it reads many formats, including RAW, and writes to the ten most commonly used." (Best Free Digital Image Viewer)

XnView

XnView is "probably the most versatile of all viewers because it can read nearly 400 types of graphic files and convert any of these to more than 50 formats. It displays images very quickly and these may be viewed in full screen, as slideshows or as thumbnails. It's quite capable at processing images, too; you can rotate, crop, resize, adjust brightness and color, apply filters or effects, create a web page and much more. … A heavyweight champion. (Best Free Digital Image Viewer).

 

Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Editor

Picturenaut

Picturenaut "provides (all automatically) image alignment, exposure correction, color balancing, noise level compensation, and derivation of the camera curve from the source images. It supports most formats … As a modular piece of software, its most important functions can all be accessed from a command line. The downside is that you cannot alter the alignment of the image manually, but I have done tests on auto alignments and Picturenaut came out the best.  If you are looking for straightforward images without excessive tone mapping this has to be your top software." (Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Editor)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Digital Image Stitcher

Microsoft Image Composite Editor

Microsoft ICE has "four modes of camera motion to stitch your sequence of images, three fixed and one that you can adjust the distortion and that the 'Rotation motion'. When in this mode just click the 3D icon on the top taskbar, where you can tilt, zoom in and out. When you are happy with your construction then you can leave the cropping to another imaging software or auto crop. The finished panoramic image is exported into JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, HD Photo image, Adobe Photoshop, HD View Tileset and Deep Zoom Tileset." (Best Free Personal Digital Image Stitcher.)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Vector Graphics Editor

Inkscape

Inkscape "uses W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats."

Inkscape "doesn't yet support SVG filter effects, animation, and SVG fonts. It is, however, totally usable. That usability is enhanced by an excellent user interface and the impressive set of tutorials" (Best Free Vector Graphics Editor)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Flow Charter and Diagrammer

yEd Graphic Editor

yWorks develops Web-centric applications such as yEd Graphic Editor which is a Java Swing application. It runs as a native 64-bit application if you have the 64-bit Java Runtime Environment (JRE). I recommend yEd for its powerful automation features which are well presented in yWork's Flash video "yEd in 90 seconds". If you watched the video, then you've seen yEd's magical ability to import Excel data and automatically generate a diagram. It can use any of several layout types to arrange a complex flow chart or network diagram. If you need this then you won't be so concerned that other products are easier to use for basic editing and basic diagrams.

However, yEd is not as powerful as it appears in the video. All the example diagrams are not convoluted so they were able to be arranged flat without overlapping lines, something that never happens with my diagrams. If you are a serious diagrammer then you will also want to augment yEd's limited range of node types. yEd has symbols for Entity Relationship Models (ERM), Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), Unified Modeling Language (UML) and the good old flow charts (but without sort, merge, logical AND and OR). Symbol sets are also provided for swim lanes and grouping. You can create custom symbols by importing bit-maps (PNG, JPG), vector graphics (SVG) and some Visio Shapes but within yEd they have few if any customizations. For example, they usually won't be able to change colour. Development is continuing so I expect to see future improvements in this area.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Image Optimizer

RIOT

RIOT (Radical Image Optimization Tool) is simple to use. It makes your images smaller in size by resizing or compressing.This is a useful feature for optimizing web images but it just as useful for images included in other documents. RIOT uses a dual pane view to show the original and the optimized image. You can also toggle the images in either pane (in-place compare) so you can more easily compare the changes.

The steps are simple. Open an image file which can be bitmap files including Adobe Photoshop PSD files, popular HDR formats and RAW camera images. RIOT automatically reduces the file size. You then select  the output file type (JPEG, GIF, PNG), adjust the image, and set your options. You can also select a filesize for RIOT to aim for. Finally, save the image.

 

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by Jaison (not verified) on 5. September 2011 - 22:28  (79041)

I'd recommend vlc media player bcoz its light weight and runs smoothly while sleeking. It can stream videos from the internet that real player can do and do a lot more. I guess there's no 64-bit version but 32-bit version works quite fine.

by Jaison (not verified) on 5. September 2011 - 22:38  (79042)

You could use this link to download windows xp mode for windows 7 http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
Before going to the link try to right click on the desktop shortcut and click on properties. Now click on compatibility and select the compatibility mode.

by Buckethead (not verified) on 8. September 2011 - 20:16  (79245)

I've been looking for an Explorer replacement that works well in x64 Windows basically since Windows 7 came out and I've tried them all, the best one I've found is FreeCommander XE (preview version of the next version of FreeCommander). It had a few bugs in the last version that made it kind of unusable (sorting by modified-by date didn't work), that's been fixed now and I love it.

by blaszta on 31. October 2011 - 13:44  (82468)

IMHO, Multi Commander (http://multicommander.com/) is better than Double Commander, it has 32/64-bit version and the developer response very quickly for questions in the forum.

by Doc Matrix (not verified) on 31. October 2011 - 16:41  (82476)

You can run almost any 32-bit program on Windows Vista or 7 64-bit. With 4GB of RAM (or more!), you will want 64-bit, as the 32-bit memory addressing will leave you with less than 3GB of that memory available (your 1GB video card will "map" over 1GB of your "system" RAM, and devices (your IDE controller, USB ports - almost everything in Device Manager) "map" over more memory, reducing the available RAM usable in Windows (it doesn't "use" the memory, just the address space). Using a 64-bit operating system removes the "4GB total address space" restriction, and all 4GB of your RAM will be available for use. (In fact, I'd recommend getting 8GB of RAM for a really fast system; RAM is pretty cheap right now.)

by Remah on 31. October 2011 - 23:31  (82496)

Thanks, I'll have a look at it.

by Anonymous LADYDOG (not verified) on 3. November 2011 - 22:32  (82675)

this is my first trip here but it is execellent and I intend to help them in some way as much as they have helped me.

by Sudip (not verified) on 4. November 2011 - 9:55  (82703)

Pale Moon is a 64-bit (as also 32-bit) browser based on Firefox. In my system it works flawlessly along with 64-bit Java and Flash downloaded from Adobe Labs. 20 odd add-ons I use all work too. Highly recommended.

by Dave Faulkner (not verified) on 4. November 2011 - 12:53  (82712)

Malwarebytes is great and has been a life-saver for me. However, I'd hesitate to describe the free version as 'fast'. Not when a full scan takes 14 hours to get through my 450 GB of stuff.

[Moderator's note : Part about commercial version removed]

by sunlightforever (not verified) on 4. November 2011 - 19:42  (82726)

Hello all, site rocks, and so does SmartDefrag from Iobit. May I ask why it is not included in your list?

by Anupam on 4. November 2011 - 19:52  (82727)

No products from Iobit will be included on our site, because their site has got unsatisfactory WOT ratings. We do not feature products from such sites.

by Balayage on 5. November 2011 - 0:30  (82733)

Most of the links do not work in my Firefox.

by Jojo Yee on 5. November 2011 - 1:29  (82734)

Thanks Balayage. Please help give a few examples and we'll try to fix them.

by Remah on 5. November 2011 - 3:46  (82739)

The problems with the links were due to the changeover to the new format. They have now been resolved - thanks Jojoyee.

I always like to be told about any issues with the article.

FYI, my primary focus at the moment is finding 64-bit software in the many categories before completing fuller reviews at a later date.

by charlieb (not verified) on 5. November 2011 - 12:25  (82757)

None of the links for the pages work in my Firefox v 7.01, both those at the top of the website and those right at the end of the article just above POST NEW COMMENT

by revratdd (not verified) on 5. November 2011 - 16:18  (82771)

I wish I had the time to help with editing for Gizmo. This is my goto site for recommendations on software.

by Costas (not verified) on 6. November 2011 - 19:38  (82827)

Hi all,

it is stated there is a windows x64 version of libreoffice but I cannot find it on their website. Please remove it from this list which is specifically for windows programs!

Many thanks,

Costas

by Remah on 7. November 2011 - 1:18  (82834)

My mistake. There is 64-bit for Linux but not Windows.

At the moment I'm adding products from our reviews and when that is completed I will evaluate them under Windows 64-bit.

by bobsobol (not verified) on 8. November 2011 - 0:29  (82885)

What is wrong with Pale Moon x64 (Mozilla 7.0.1 at the time of writing) http://www.palemoon.org/palemoon-x64.shtml Flash x64 is also pretty usable now, even if it is still Beta. ;)

by Remah on 8. November 2011 - 23:51  (82938)

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have a look at it.

by Remah on 8. November 2011 - 23:52  (82939)

Thanks for that suggestion.

by aangekoekt on 9. November 2011 - 9:11  (82968)

You need to include Pale Moon, for me it's far and away the best 64 bit browser, and I've tried them all. Beats the hell out of Firefox, and all the rest!

by Remah on 9. November 2011 - 9:50  (82973)

I've done that already. Read the browser section or check What's New.

I love using Pale Moon because there is no learning curve for a Firefox user. I also appreciate the elegance of using 100% Firefox code while reconfiguring the final program. Despite this, the emphasis on speed means that it is difficult to rate it that highly because browsing safety, security and accessibility features are important to many people. Mozilla's security is overly restrictive at times but it benefits most users.

For those who are willing to live without such features and security, Pale Moon is clearly in first place.

by Remah on 9. November 2011 - 10:06  (82974)

Now reviewed. There is no recent 64-bit production release but I'd still recommend a look at the development releases for those who are interested. Otherwise try Pale Moon 64-bit which is faster but with less browsing security.

by az (not verified) on 16. November 2011 - 21:10  (83400)

Take a look at Lazarus/FreePascal. It is the first 64 bit compiler for windows, and a nice RAD/IDE.

by Remah on 16. November 2011 - 21:20  (83401)

Thanks for that. I'll try them out.

by Bill Jacobs (not verified) on 20. November 2011 - 17:10  (83601)

I read that WOT has listed some sites as bad when they are, in fact, not. What say you?

by Remah on 20. November 2011 - 22:02  (83609)

There are lots of types of bad collected under WOT's rating: malware and other security risks, fraud, bad customer service, child safety, ethics, etc. So my answer is a qualified 'Yes'.

WOT has the same problem as all reputation rating systems. It is the equivalent of website scanners getting false positives. It is difficult to avoid because a website can be hacked, then flagged as bad, then repaired, but it will remain flagged as bad until it is proved good.

If you want to visit a "bad" site check why it is flagged as bad because it might not be an internet security risk. It could be flagged bad for child safety or unhappy customers or simply because people don't like the views expressed on the site (mainly for political and religious sites).

In part, you can set WOT options to adjust what is included in the bad rating for your system.

You can also double-check security issues by using online scanners and meta-raters, such as VirusTotal.

This is not the right place to be going into more detail about WOT. So if you have more questions about this either then I'm happy to answer them in forums or in the comments for the relevant articles, which you could also read for more info about WOT:
Best Free Internet Safety Check
Best Free Internet Safety Check - Supplement.

Remah - Category Editor

by Fausto (not verified) on 21. November 2011 - 2:27  (83620)

Are you kidding us? iTunes????
that thing is intrusive, spies on the users activities, music and video files and calls back home, and here we have it as recommended?

For the welfare of the users, please remove that abomination... that thing from this useful site.

by Remah on 21. November 2011 - 2:55  (83621)

Not kidding, and I knew it wouldn't take long for this to be pilloried. :)

As you've rightly pointed out there are hidden costs to using Apple products and iTunes is no different.

The problem in this category is that 64-bit applications for 64-bit Windows are curtailed so I will list as many as I can with appropriate ratings.

iTunes is recommended as an option for those who want a free 64-bit media player as it caters for the many with Apple devices. Daum PotPlayer and Media Player Classic are superior in many ways but they don't do much with iPods, iPads, and iPhones.

In future, I may move it to a special category for products that support Apple products. Handbrake is another Apple-oriented application.

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